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A French bakeshop is getting ready to leave South Boulevard

Sylvain Rivet, with his daughter Jessica, will move into a larger space in Specialty Shops at South Park in November or early December.
Sylvain Rivet, with his daughter Jessica, will move into a larger space in Specialty Shops at South Park in November or early December. Observer files

With plans to tear down and rebuild the Sedgefield Shopping Center on South Boulevard, a popular French bakery will be pulling up stakes and moving into bigger digs.

Sylvain Rivet, the owner of Renaissance Patisserie, 2809 South Blvd., has signed a lease to move to Specialty Shops SouthPark, the same complex with Williams-Sonoma. Rivet is taking the 2,000-square-foot space that had been the maternity shop Pickles & Ice Cream.

Rivet will keep the space at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market where he first gained a local following for his croissants, baguettes and French-style tarts.

The new space will be larger than the bakery on South Boulevard, allowing Rivet to add tables and eat-in service for French sandwiches and salads. Plans are for the new shop to open in time for the holidays, in November or early December.

Marsh Properties, which owns the Sedgefield shopping center where Renaissance is currently located, has already announced plans to redevelop the property. Rivet’s wife, Joanne, says that when it is rebuilt, they would consider returning to the neighborhood.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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